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Fresno State Transportation Institute

Railroad Model Competition

About the Competition

The Fresno State Transportation Institute designed the Railroad Model Competition to be an accessible and enjoyable educational experience, helping students and teachers to build a better future in transportation sciences.

This competition is divided into 3 grade levels; Upper Elementary, Middle, and High schools. Each grade level will have 10 teams per grade and teams of up to 10 students and at least one faculty member or club advisor. This competition will also show the creativity of the teams in designing their own railroad track models in a way that is fuel and cost efficient and minimum time travelled. However, for this to happen, we would need coaches and mentors to devote at least an hour per week in working with other schools. Those who are transportation professional will be assigned as coaches. Those who are railroad modelers will be assigned as mentors. 

The competition work has already started and the competition day is tentatively scheduled for a Saturday in April 2023. Please keep checking this webpage for updates.



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For schools

Registration is now OPEN to sign up for the competition. It is highly recommended to sign up before 21st of October 2022, to get the materials delivered to your school promptly.

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For coaches and mentors

Sign up page is OPEN to volunteer to help guide the students of Fresno County in this competition as either a coach or a mentor. Please click the button below to view the sign up page.

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Registration fees can be paid Online or via Check.

To pay the registration fee Online, please click the following:
To pay the registration fee via Check, please send it with the following instructions on it:
Amount for each school:
  1. Upper Elementary School - $50
  2. Middle School - $70
  3. High School - $100
What to include on the check:
  1. Please make your check payable to: 'CSUF Foundation'
  2. Add 'CC 300756' written in the memo field.
Please mail your check to:

CSUF Foundation
4910 N. Chestnut
Fresno, CA 93726-1852

Note: Let FSTI know about any checks made, via email

Information Sessions will be held on the dates and times shown below for schools and for coaches and mentors. This will be a time to briefly discuss the competition and for Q&A. The meetings will be held via Zoom, click on the hyperlinked times to attend any one session preferred.

Info session video for schools:

Info Session

Info session video for coaches and mentors:

Coming soon...

The manuals are divided into three categories; Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School. They are complete guides with rules and regulations for the competition.

Upper Elementary SchoolElementary Manual
Middle SchoolMiddle School Manual
High SchoolHigh School Manual

A kit includes all the supplies you will need to build a competitive train model. It costs almost $1000 but is free for the first thirty registered schools.


There are several basic videos to help with building models, attaching components, understanding the function of each component, and other things.

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 3

Informational Session

We thank our current sponsors
Diamond Sponsors:
  California High-Speed Rail Authority       Walthers
How to become a sponsor?

Please click on the Sponsorship Packet link to learn how you can become a sponsor and help Fresno County schools participate in the FSTI K-12 Railroad Model Competition.

100% of your sponsorship will provide schools with a full Railroad Model Kit (value of $1000), including T-shirts for the teams, organization of the competition events, and awards for the schools.

Sponsorship Package

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Q1) Do you have any coaches?
We are gethering all the list of schools and from that we will finalize the list the coaches and mentors.

Q2) Which day is the competition and what time?
The competition work has already started and the competition day is tentatively scheduled for a Saturday in April 2023.

Q3) Are we going to get some transportation support?
Unfortunately, transportation to get to the venue isn't provided by the FSTI.

Q4) What if our students weren't able to cope up with the competition deadline or timing?
They should present what they have done because to win this competition everything is counted.

Q5) Where is the Venue?
There isn't any confirmed venue yet but most probably it will be at FresnoState Campus.

Q6) Are we supposed to build it there on the competition day?
It is highly recommended to build everything before the competition.

Q7) How the presentation be like?
There will be presentation booth/booths depending on the venue and there will be 1-2 judges and every team will present for 10 minutes.

Q8) Lunch will be provided?
Yes, lunch will be provided during the competition.

Q9) Are schools allowed to use materials other than what is provided in the kits?
Yes, as long as they notify us of what they are using.

Q10) If all students are not able to attend, could other students go in their place?
Yes, as long as we are notified and there is valid reasoning.

Q11) If teachers are unable to attend, could another teacher go in their place?
Yes as long as we are notified and there is valid reasoning. 


For any further questions, please contact us.


Contact to inquire about Railroad Model Competition

Rebbeca Kaaz
Admin at Fresno State Transportation Institute (FSTI)

Contact to inquire about Railroad Model Competition

Harman Kaur
Student Assistant and Competition Leader at FSTI